Changes To Services: With the current COVID-19 situation, we are having to make some changes in how we offer/provide services in order to ensure the safety of our clients and staff.  At this time, we are offering all immunization, lab and WIC services by APPOINTMENT ONLY (until further notice).


Bates County Health Center

Bates County Health Center was opened as a demonstration unit on April 1, 1975. A vote of the citizens on August 3, 1976 approved a mill tax for the continuation of the local public health agency. Since its establishment, the Bates County Health Center has been dedicated to protecting the health and well-being of the citizens of the county. Although services offered have changed over the years, we still strive to fulfill the mission of public health which is to Prevent, Promote, and Protect our citizens.


Health Center hours are Monday through Friday 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Extended hours include remaining open until 7:00 p.m. the first Thursday of every month.

Did You Know?

Lunch Packing Tips

If a lunch contains perishable food items like luncheon meats, eggs, cheese or yogurt make sure to pack it with at least two cold sources such as freezer packs.

Harmful bacteria multiply rapidly so perishable food transported without a cold source won’t stay safe long.

If packing a hot lunch like soup or chili, use an insulated container to keep it hot.  Fill the container with boiling water, let it stand for a few minutes, empty and then put in the piping hot food.

If packing a child’s lunch the night before, remember to leave it in the refrigerator overnight. 

Health Update

COVID-19 vaccines are safe and effective.  Millions of people in the United States have received COVID-19 vaccines under the most intense safety monitoring in US history.  It is recommended that everyone ages 5 year and older get a COVID-19 vaccine to help protect against COVID-19 infection and severe disease.  Everyone 12 years and older should also get a COVID-19 booster shot.  Widespread vaccination for COVI-19 is a critical tool to best protect everyone from COVID-19 and related complications.  Visit to learn more.